Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ward Innovation Keeps Your Cargo Safe

Posted by Ward TLC - Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Cargo Securement Standards

On September 27, 2002, FMCSA revised its regulations concerning protection against shifting and falling cargo for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) engaged in interstate commerce. The new cargo securement standards are based on the North American Cargo Securement Standard Model Regulations. They reflect the results of a multi-year comprehensive research program to evaluate current United States and Canadian cargo securement regulations; the motor carrier industry’s best practices; and recommendations presented during a series of public meetings. The meetings involved United States and Canadian industry experts, Federal, State and Provincial enforcement officials, and other interested parties.

The new regulations require motor carriers to change the way they use cargo securement devices to prevent articles from shifting on or within, or falling from, CMVs. In some instances, the changes may require motor carriers to increase the number of tiedowns used to secure certain types of cargos. However, the rule generally does not prohibit the use of tiedowns or cargo securement devices currently in use. Therefore, motor carriers are not required to purchase new cargo securement equipment to comply with the rule.

The intent of the new regulations is to reduce the number of crashes caused by cargo shifting on or within, or falling from, CMVs operating in interstate commerce, and to harmonize to the greatest extent practicable United States, Canadian, and Mexican cargo securement regulations.

Ward StackUp freight safety

Ward’s StackUp Freight Safety System

At Ward Transport & Logistics we have utilized the trademarked Stack Up Loading System™ in our line haul operation dating back to the late 90’s. Ward utilizes a combination of Stack Racks and Load Bars to compartmentalize/secure our valued customer’s freight in the timely movement of their shipments between our 19 Service Centers.

Dave Crean, Vice President of Operations,  commented on the company’s use of the unique system:

“Since 2009 Ward has continued to increase the number of Stacks Racks utilized, resulting in an inventory in excess of 1000 racks and well over several hundred Load Bars. These tools enable our well trained driver/dock associates to safely load out thousands of shipments each and every day.”

Over the last (4) years, Ward has seen its claim ratio reduced by 43%. In addition Ward’s percentage of shipments delivered in factory fresh condition, has improved to 99.73%. Ward believes that in the high speed short haul LTL market there is a need for Speed/Safety and Securement (3S), our system of  providing Training & Tools (2T) sets in motion our daily formula 2T = 3S of accomplishing all three simultaneously day in and day out.

Four Reasons to Outsource

Posted by Ward TLC - Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 11:57 PM

The outsourcing revolution has begun. Long gone are the days since Henry Ford pioneered the vertically integrated organization and convinced everyone that it was the best model to strive for. The new competitive weapon for leading organizations now is to stick with what they do best – and leave everything else to someone else.

 Focus on Core Competency

There is a lot of merit to focusing the organization’s resources to what it does best. It is a leaner organization and more responsive to what its customers changing demands are. For example, Nike is really good at marketing its brand to convey the ‘just do it’ mentality as well as designing visually appealing shoes. Thus marketing and product design are its core competencies.

It does not get physically involved with the manufacture of the shoes it sells. This function is outsourced to companies located in countries such as Mexico, China, India, Malaysia, etc. where the most efficient resources for completing this task exist. Find out what your organization really excels at and outsource the rest. Focus on building your strengths to maintain competitive advantage.

Cost & Capital Spending Reductions

The Finance folks love outsourcing as it reduces the cost of operations. In the logistics / supply chain management area for example, the cost to maintain a fleet of delivery vehicles, maintain warehouses and incur expenses such as property taxes, utilities and labor (wages and benefits) is almost always reduced.

In addition, new capital expenditures on equipment and machinery, land and buildings are eliminated. Some organizations sell their entire hard asset supply chain infrastructure and immediately sign a long term rate schedule with the new owners of the assets. They prefer to take cash now and expense the equipment and facility moving forward.

Increase Process Quality

As more of the organization’s resources are allocated to its core competency, its core product or service will get better. Products will have fewer defects, higher reliability and lead times will decrease, speeding the time to market. All of these are direct and visible benefits to the customer. For example, when Hewlett Packard decided to outsource the manufacture of circuit boards for its line of computer monitors, it not only enjoyed cost reductions but also an increase in the quality of its monitors due to the higher quality boards. The circuit board manufacturer is able to spend time to improve the quality if its process as it produces millions more circuit boards than HP does

Access to Latest Technology

As your organization begins to outsource functions, it will receive the added benefit of access to the latest technologies for that function. For example retailer’s process requires special processes to determine if the goods being returned can be re-sold, refurbished, recycled or sent to a local jobber and must be tracked accordingly. Many organizations do not have the systems capability to efficiently track this movement, both physically and from a cash flow perspective.

Contact Ward to find out more about how we develop solutions for many distributors and manufactures using our in-house systems and processes which we developed to drive out costs and increase customer satisfaction with your supply chain.